How to Make a Great Food Truck Hiring Decision

How to Make a Great Food Truck Hiring Decision

tip of the dayDeciding who you hire for your food truck business can be a complex process. A bad decision has consequences not only for you as the mobile food vendor, but for the new hire as well. Here are three ways to prevent a hiring disaster:

  • Identify what the ideal candidate needs. Too often vendors set about hiring someone without outlining the competencies required for the job. Have a clear understanding of the skills that your staff member needs to succeed.
  • Understand motivation, not just experience. The candidate needs to have the right background and experience, but they also need to have the right attitude. Ask interview questions that uncover the motivations behind his past and future behavior.
  • Help the new candidate on board. A “sink or swim” approach often results in drowning. Provide your new hire with support and a view into how things really work on your food truck. Give them early feedback about their performance.
Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.